Usain Bolt's finish line

Bolt towers over his opponents. Pic Getty

What's more, Gatlin denies him the crutch of old age, which Bolt could have leaned on to justify his retirement and/or rationalize this loss.

An Atlanta native, Coleman is a 5-foot-9, 21-year-old who competed for the University of Tennessee this past spring. However, Bolt was all smiles and gracious in defeat.

Bolt told the BBC post-race that, "I enjoy relays more than anything".

Bolt has amassed eight Olympic golds and 14 world medals, 11 of which are gold, the Jamaican having won two silvers in 2007 before his 100m bronze in London.

The first instance was in 2011 when he faltered with a false start in the 100 metres finals at the World Championship in Daegu, South Korea.

Gatlin, who actually trailed Bolt at the halfway point, heard boos cascade loudly across the stadium when his winning time, 9.92 seconds, popped up on the scoreboard.

Two years ago at world championships, Gatlin had Bolt all but beaten in the 100 finals, but he leaned too early before the line and let the champion pass him for a.01-second victory.

However, Gatlin's agent Renaldo Nehemiah, a former 110m hurdles world record holder, was scathing about Coe's remarks. The press made several puns about Bolt's 100m race and the nickname gained worldwide familiarity after that.

Gatlin was tested positive for consuming a banned substance and he was suspended in 2008.

But for the grand entrance of Bolt into the scene, athletics was nearly being ruined by the several doping scandals that had marred the image of the sport. That's right: A bronze-medal finish Saturday night in the going-away party for one of the planet's most entertaining icons and track and field's lone shining star.

Bolt's swan song was the World Championships 2017.

Jamaica clocked the third quickest time in the heats, behind the U.S. and Great Britain.

"But the two life stories changed Saturday".

"One of the things that separates the all-time greats of this sport from the rest is their ability to deliver when it matters most", said Gabby and you just knew that was Bolt's chances gone. I usually manage to beat three or four of them, and humorously accuse those who beat me of taking performance enhancing drugs.

"Between the bikes, loud, horrid music, parties and screams, I honestly wish he would go back to where he came from", his neighbor-model Jodi Stewart-Henriques wrote on Facebook in 2015.

"He's done his time, he plays by the rules, the IAAF reinstated him".

"If a martian walked into the house and looked at all the pictures they would think I was the greatest athlete of all-time".

The New York Times reminded the mortal side of the peerless Bolt, as they went on to capture and dissect the details of sprinter's facial contortions.

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